Try not to overload your muscles
contrast therapy and cryotherapy but if you’re not into feeling incredibly cold, hot or uncomfortable, then best leave these to people like the All Blacks I say.
Q: Do I have to exercise every day if I want to stay healthy?
A: My first reaction of course is to say yes, as the more you move the human body, the better off your heart, muscles, mind and stress levels will usually be, however I will default back to the recommendations of the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that regularly releases position statements on such things.
Paraphrasing their statement, they recommend 20-30 minutes a day, five days a week with some of those being tougher workouts.
Additionally, two to three times a week exercises involving balance, agility, and coordination using weights is recommended, and crucial to maintaining joint range of movement completing a stretching routine at least twice a week is suggested.
So, if you’re just walking each day and not putting your muscles under pressure or stretching them, you won’t be covering all your bases when it comes to total health and wellbeing.
-Waikato’s Alison Storey is a personal trainer who has represented New Zealand in beach volleyball, rowing and rhythmic gymnastics. She has been awarded New Zealand Personal Trainer of the Year twice and runs Storey Sport, a mobile personal and sports training business which provides a range of services that optimise the fitness and wellbeing of its clients.
Leave the ice baths, contrast therapy and cryotherapy up to the All Blacks.